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Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses

Wilmington RIBN is a partnership between Cape Fear Community College and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington that accepts students each Fall semester into the dually enrolled program.

Students spend the first year completing general education requirements that count towards an Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). The first year of RIBN can be completed either 1) entirely at UNCW or 2) primarily at CFCC while taking one online course at UNCW (option 2 provides the most economical benefits from savings in tuition). Years two and three are a guaranteed seat in the CFCC ADN program while taking one online course at UNCW each year. Students must be enrolled in one UNCW course each year, not missing two consecutive semesters, and not including summers.

Students in the RIBN program are on track to receive their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) at the end of the third year. After passing the NCLEX-RN students will be licensed to practice as an RN and matriculate into the fourth year of the RIBN program. The fourth-year will be completed entirely online in UNCW’s RN-BSN program to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree online while working and making a full salary as an RN.

Selective Admission Process

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs .

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park St.
Clearwater, FL 33756

Quick information

Application Period
January 20, 2020 to April 1, 2020
Information Sessions
Rachel Kemp would be happy to schedule an appointment with you and/or your parents any time to discuss the RIBN program, application requirements, choosing courses and/or answer any questions you may have.

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Related Information

Benefits of RIBN as compared to a traditional 4-year University Nursing BSN program

  • Estimated $13,000 cost saving in tuition alone
  • Eligible to work as an RN and make full salary after year three
  • Three years of nursing school as opposed to only two
  • Student success advisor assigned specifically to the RIBN students

For students not in high school
For those not in high school, you can still follow the “RIBN track” on your own by completing co-requisite classes, meeting application criteria and applying directly to the CFCC Associates Degree of Nursing (ADN) program at CFCC [LINK], and then when you graduate and receive your RN license, you can apply to UNCW’s RN-BSN program to finish your bachelor degree online while working as a registered nurse.

CFCC Associate Degree Nursing program

UNCW RN-BSN program